Charis Boke


As an educator and an education consultant, Charis helps learners draw together observations based in their lives with the big questions that social sciences equips us to ask. As a researcher, she dwells with questions about how to live a good life on a politically and ecologically troubled planet. Her work is situated at the intersection of medical anthropology, political ecology, and science and technology studies in the context of the United States. Her manuscript in progress examines herbal medicine education in Vermont: “Ecologies of Friendship: Learning North American Practices of Care with Western Herbalists” explores herbalists’ efforts to envision new forms of care and the ethics they entail in the context of ecological health and this moment of climate change. She has deep roots in community organizing and activism, and sees her work as a mode of discovery not just about what the world contains, but about how to make it better.